On Saturday, April 12th from 2-10pm at San Francisco’s Brava Theater, Switchboard Music presents its seventh annual marathon music festival. Festival headliners Kronos Quartet will perform world premieres by Switchboard co-director Ryan Brown and Bay Area composer Sahba Aminikia.
Here’s the non-stop line-up for April 12th:
2:00 Gamelan X (contemporary beleganjur gamelan ensemble)
2:45 Splinter Reeds (Bay Area’s first reed quintet)
3:20 The Operators a (supergroup of local new music aficionados)
4:05 Makeunder (seven-person experimental indie band)
4:50 Jordan Glenn & Michael Coleman (percussion & keyboard duo)
5:15 Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster (led by Highland bagpipe virtuoso Matthew Welch)
5:55 Kate Campbell performs Julia Wolfe’s My Lips From Speaking
6:20 Odessa Chen + The Invisible Stories Ensemble perform orchestrated versions of Chen’s original songs
6:45 Grex (mighty, twisted song-based experimental rock)
7:25 Mobius Trio (three guitars performing original commissions)
7:50 Ruth Asawa School of the Arts Orchestra performs Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms
8:15 Dublin (combines the live elements of an MC and the range of a vaudeville performer)
9:00 Kronos Quartet performs 2two world premieres!
In addition to this year’s festival, Switchboard establishes itself as the leading purveyor of genre-bending contemporary music in the Bay Area with the addition of Switchboard Presents. Every third Friday of the month at the Center for New Music, Switchboard Presents features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, 2014 Festival artists, and other acts who fall between genre lines. The series launched on February 21 and continues with performances by Crystal Pascucci’s Wild Hen and the Americana Orchestra with composer Danny Clay (March 21), Nonsemble 6 and the Hurd Ensemble (April 18), Areon Flutes and the Mobius Trio (May 16), and clarinetist Jeff Anderle + Friction Quartet and Makeunder (June 20).